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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 02/26/2011

Mathieu Perreault reassigned to Hershey, Todd Ford to backup on Long Island

By Katie Carrera

In more of what's turning out to be a whirl wind afternoon for the Capitals in terms of roster movement, Mathieu Perreault has been reassigned to Hershey a team spokesman confirmed. Washington recalled forward Jay Beagle earlier in the day and he's expected to face the Islanders this evening.

There was some initial confusion that appeared to be a communication backup between the Capitals and Bears, but Perreault has indeed been reassigned to Hershey. Perreault will not play for the Bears on Saturday or Sunday though, according to Bears public relations director John Walton.

Also, goaltender Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Coach Bruce Boudreau told media members earlier today that Varlamov was expected to start against the Islanders but then the goaltender left the morning skate rather abruptly.

Varlamov's injury caused a trickle down effect. Michal Neuvirth will now start and face the New York Islanders. The usual call up from Hershey in this situation would be Braden Holtby, but he suffered a lower body injury earlier in the week while playing against the Toronto Marlies for the Bears and is formally listed as week-to-week. Meanwhile, veteran goaltender Dany Sabourin who was also in Hershey this season is out two-three months due to knee surgery.

The injuries to Holtby and Sabourin means Neuvirth's backup tonight will be Todd Ford, who signed an NHL contract with the Capitals on Friday worth $500,000 according to Capgeek. The paperwork required for Ford to do so has not been finalized by the league yet, according to a team spokesman.

So, for those keeping track at home after picking up veteran winger Marco Sturm off of waivers from Los Angeles, putting D.J. King on waivers, reassigning Perreault and recalling Jay Beagle and Todd Ford the Capitals should have 22 players on the active roster.

That number includes three goaltenders -- Varlamov, Neuvirth and Ford -- and excludes Mike Green, who is officially not on the active roster because of the death of his grandmother.

By Katie Carrera  | February 26, 2011; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Mathieu Perreault, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov  
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Comments

Perreault is all but traded.

Posted by: dezlboy1 | February 26, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Is Varly seriously this fragile?

Posted by: spacecadetkid | February 26, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Let more whining commence -- we don't get enough of that here.

Posted by: chucktownCAPSfan | February 26, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I know Sabourin is pretty horrible, but is this Todd Ford kid favored more than Dany? Kind of funny, and yet sad for Sabourin.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 26, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Sabourin blew out his knee and is out for the year. Holtby week to week. That is why Ford is here, until we claim Conklin off waivers on Monday(just a hunch).

Posted by: ThePat | February 26, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

From previous:

More and more teams are coming off the fence as far as being buyers or sellers. With Buffalo's win last night they are now 3pts out of 8th place with 2 games in hand. They are under new ownership and they have decided to make a run for it and go for the playoffs this yr. Which means all of you who wanted Connolly will be sad.

Me? I have a bigger prize so I'm not sad.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 26, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday I was kidding about being an in emergency goalie, at this rate I might be signed to be the backup for the Bears, or in the ECHL, do we even have any goalies left for the ECHL anymore?

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 26, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Sabourin blew out his knee and is out for the year.

Posted by: ThePat

Ahh, I must have missed that. Was it recently?

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 26, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

@Richmond you aren't the only one I just found out yesterday.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 26, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

pokerface

do you think varly is being traded

Posted by: samb99 | February 26, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil2:
read Katie's post...Sabourin is out for the year with knee surgery. It's not that Ford is favored more than anyone else. He's all we've got left at the moment.

Posted by: tess2201 | February 26, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

we won't be lucky enough to get conklin. t.b. filly will

Posted by: mekongplease | February 26, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Just saw this on ESPN showing once again how little they actually follow hockey.

"UPDATE: Surprise! If the Los Angeles Kings were wagering on Marco Sturm clearing waivers, they lost.

According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, the Washington Capitals claimed the 32-year-old forward. The Caps needed another center and now they have one."

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 26, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

You know you could be on to something there. I've been very adament about us not getting a tender but we not only need 1 here b/c of injuries we really need 2 in Hershey. So yeah the waiver wire is where you fill this spot.

I don't know about you bud but I'm almost thinkin we might not have to wait til Monday for somethin. Somebody was up early this AM!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 26, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The numbers work, but think about that trade for a second. First of all, the Sens have Robin Lehner. We are also losing 4 NHL bodies for 3 NHL bodies, and we gain a defenseman, when we don't need another defenseman compared to our needs up front.

Phillips is also a shell of his former self.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 26, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

True. Good observations. I am comfortable with Neuvirth for the playoffs. Our 2C problems would be solved, our grit issues would be greatly improved with Neil, and Phillips doesn't need to be a world-beater for us. But right now (depending upon Green's health), we need a seasoned defenseman for the playoffs. We cannot go in relying on Sloan.

From the Sens perspective. It kind of makes sense with placing Leclaire on waivers. They get Laich back (who was originally theirs to begin with), they get younger, they get a 1st rounder, and they would be set in goal for the foreseeable future.

Not likely, but not impossible.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Posted by: coveredwithhisdust | February 26, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

who would want Perreault in a trade?

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 26, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I think that our playoff chances dramatically decrease if Varlamov is not healthy and in net for us come playoffs...

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 26, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

this Marco move does take me back to when McPhee thought he needed more offense so he found a guy who used to score some goals and acquired him. Sergei Berezin. That move stunk from the get-go. As some moves are prone to do. The Sturm pickup doesn't stink as much from the get-go but its close enough. And doesn't address this team's continuing up and down mentality. They can't even pull it together for 3 straight games.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 26, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

good. If that's what it takes to get McPhee canned and some real changes to occur around here, I'm all for it. This team doesn't appear to be "on the verge"

I said it before. To significantly change the chemistry even outside of a coaching or GM change, it'll take about 3 forwards and one more dman to get in here. Too many followers on this team , too few leaders. When Brooks Laich is considered one of the more prominent team leaders you're in serious trouble.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 26, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Good point Cstanton. Maybe for Pee wee hockey someone would pick up MP. I have never been a fan of MP. He would have been a great player in the Dennis Maruk era. LOL

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

samb99 - not at all. Just sayin with all the goalie injuries we have we're gonna have to get a goalie. Waiver wire would be a great place to fill this particular need.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 26, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Semin, Eakin, 1st for Stasny. It's alot, but if that's what it takes, so be it.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 26, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

You have 3 guys who I wont name that guys just simply dont like playing with. But they love them off the ice. And that is where the chemistry goes into the trash can.

Posted by: ThePat | February 26, 2011 1:26 PM

ThePat: Can you at least tell us if all three are forwards?

phil: Agree with you re: Varly. Unless we can land Miller or King Henrik.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 26, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The Caps now need a goaltender. Why not make a deal for Nabokov? 570K to the cap and they get an experienced goaltender. The Caps can't wait for Varly to get healthy. He can't stay healthy for more than 3 weeks at a time. I think it would make sense to call Long Island.

Posted by: robostop10 | February 26, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Semin, Eakin, 1st for Stasny. It's alot, but if that's what it takes, so be it.

Posted by: underpants2

Colorado isn't trading him.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 26, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

By the way, if the Flyers do somehow manage to land Vokoun ( I actually don't think it works unless roster salary moves out though), every other East team could just call it in and give it to the Flyers. haha.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 26, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil2

How do you know that?

Posted by: underpants2 | February 26, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

underpants

No offense but you propose the worst trade in hockey history. Stats is not worth that much. What you are proposing is way too much. Please rethink and go and look at his numbers. Compare those numbers to Semin. Then give away one of the top propects in the whole NHL. And on top of that a 1st rounder. I have read your posts before and I do not recall anything that crazy coming out of your posts before. Maybe you are joking.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

WORST GM IN HOCKEY.

Caps will never win a cup with McPhail..

Posted by: Cheef | February 26, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Unreal... some of you still have hope for this season.

McPhee is a cancer.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@robostop10. Nabby can't be traded he would have to clear waivers first and Detroit would take him.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 26, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@pkme

Desperate. Not even close to the worst trade in hockey history. Semin is a cancer. I am not sure Colorado even wants him.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 26, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

You have 3 guys who I wont name that guys just simply dont like playing with. But they love them off the ice. And that is where the chemistry goes into the trash can.

Posted by: ThePat | February 26, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

No need to respond, Pat, but here is my guess: ****55 and Semin for sure; the third is B.Gordon. If not B.Gordon, than possibly Chimera, MP, or Laich. Seeing MP sent to Hershey, was probably him.

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 26, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Like I tell my friends. Since ESPN got rid of hockey that network is dead to me. If I hear someone tell me that ESPN has said this or that about hockey I will go to tsn.ca/nhl.com or another source before I go to that site ever again.

Posted by: washingtoncapitals | February 26, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I said it before. To significantly change the chemistry even outside of a coaching or GM change, it'll take about 3 forwards and one more dman to get in here. Too many followers on this team , too few leaders.
*cstanton*
-------------------------------------------
I can't tell you how much I agree with you here. This very well can come to fruition in the next 48hrs with 2-3 moves. I know you don't believe it will happen but I'll ask you to "pause" for 48hrs. I'm that confident. I wasn't yesterday.

Here's the deal bro. If I know what I know, Ted's gotta know too no matter how hands off he is. If he sees the opportunities that are out there and GMGM can't pull it off for whatever reason then I think he'll be gone barring a miracle Cup run.

I understand too many times that deals fall through b/c you're just not comfortable with giving up on a drafted "asset" or not thinking you're getting good ROI etc. There comes a point and time though where ya gotta pull the trigger and your measuring stick is results vs "potential". As he did when he brought Feds & Co in, I believe he will do the same this yr and yes I believe it to be on proportions bigger than Feds.

If I'm wrong and the result isn't there, please welcome me aboard your train.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 26, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Underpanst

Eakin in my mind and most likely The Capitals is the most untoucable player in the whole system. I have watched him play now at least seven times and he is a rare talent. The three young Russian propects will not be dealt either. It will never happen.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

In regards to the 3 guys like I said,
I am not responding on who it is but most of you could figure it out I'd think.

@richmondphil

I would not be surprised one bit if Colorado moves him. They dont want the contract and are trying to slightly remold their team. So if they get the right offer I bet they do it.

Posted by: ThePat | February 26, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Perrault should never, EVER see a Caps sweater again! Also, please ship BGordon to any team that will take him for a used bag of pucks.

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

any moves made at this point should be made with an eye toward next season and beyond

There are too many things to address and not enough time

This was obviously going to be the case after seeing the opening night roster.

McPhee badly needs to go before it gets too late. We're spinning our wheels with him. Other currently rebuilding teams will surpass the Caps each seaon going forward.

Windows are smaller than ever in the hard cap era due to the greater parity

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

If you look towards next year, these players will be UFA. If you look at their salaries, either a new GM or GMGM will have some room to work with bec this team needs to be improved on defense, goaltender and some more grit.

UFA
Marco Sturm-$3.5m
Brooks Laich-$2,066,667
Matt Bradley-$1m
Boyd Gordon-$800k
Scott Hannan-$4.5m
Total: Appx $7.8m (give or take)

RFA
Perreault-$716,667
Karl Alzner-$1,675,000
Varlamov-$821,667

http://www.capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=30

Posted by: robostop10 | February 26, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

@pkme

I guess we'll know in the next 48 hours.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 26, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

You have 3 guys who I wont name that guys just simply dont like playing with. But they love them off the ice. And that is where the chemistry goes into the trash can.

Posted by: ThePat | February 26, 2011 1:26 PM

ThePat: Can you at least tell us if all three are forwards?

Posted by: tominsocal1 |

Let me guess.

There are 4 forwards who outright suck:

MP
BGordon
Chimera
Semin

Sometimes Steckel

Of those 4 forwards, Gordo and Chimera have limited value unless a team is looking for a decent faceoff guy who can't do anything else or they need a speed guy on the wing who doesn't do anything else.

MP seems like a likable player but one who no one likes to play with. Ditto Semin. Hell, ditto Gordo and Chimera too.


On D the only name that comes to mind is Schultz.

I know in the past the Caps front off worried a lot about how Ovechkin would react to a Semin trade. Hopefully that's in the past and that bum gets dealt.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 26, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

He's 25 years old, has a good contract, and his father was one of the faces of the franchise. He isn't going anywhere.

If fallout comes because of those dumb comments Peter said, that would certainly be a bit unprecedented.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 26, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Tmac.

I agree. There are too many holes. No sense in trading draft picks and propects for some rental player. Or some guy who will not mesh. Although the whole team right now rarely meshes.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Galiev, if anyone wants him, should be on the block. He strikes me as yet another enigmatic (aka soft) Euro who has skills but plays below his potential.

Eakin, Orlov, and Kuznetsov I'd be more resistant to part with.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 26, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I would rather at this point McPhee become a seller than a rental buyer. This team could get screwed for even longer if we end up kneejerking our way into some dumb deals just so McPhee can save face and not have to admit that his most recent "plan" is blowing up in his face.

Again, any GM who can't even go out and find a capable (doesn't have to be great) 4th line tough guy isn't worth anything in my book.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 26, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

@richmond

They were fielding offers before Peter even made the comments. Those have nothing to do with it. Im not saying they will trade him, but I would not be surprised.

@robostop

The free agent pool this summer is pretty piss poor overall. That is why you are seeing players traded for players. So would he have money to fill spots yes, but not much is there in my opinion.

Posted by: ThePat | February 26, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone confirm that Varlamov is in fact injured? I take what management says - or doesn't say for that matter - with a grain of salt.

Posted by: Terptwin | February 26, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

Can you link me to where it says Colorado was fielding offers for Statsny?

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 26, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I would trade Semin, Scultz, Laich, MP and a first rounder for Nash and Hejda

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if Sturm will be in the lineup tonight? Was he waived Friday? When did Caps claim him (today or yesterday)? Thanks.

Posted by: kgain73 | February 26, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Just look up every NHL reporters twitter feeds...rather than saying field offers I should say listening to offers. Fielding was a poor choice of word by me.

Posted by: ThePat | February 26, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I am really believing that our trade (or at least the big one) will be with Ottawa. They are definitely out of the playoffs and they have a lot of interesting pieces that can address huge needs that we have (Spezza, Phillips, Neil, among others). It probably won't be the trade that I offered up earlier (Spezza, Phillips, and Neil for Semin, Laich, Perrault, Varlamov, and next years 1st round pick), but this looks to be the most likely team. Edmonton is a remote possibility, but it sounds like they are asking an enormous amount for guys like Penner and Hemsky, but neither of those guys is exactly what we are looking for.

I know a lot of you guys love Varlamov (and there is a lot to love), but I am thinking that a Russian player has to be packaged with Semin for a team to take a risk on him (unless they already have some Russian players on board for the long term). Semin needs to have that Russian cameraderie around him. As of now, only Gonchar is in Ottawa (and he's on IR).

It may be that Ottawa sends Anderson to us in return so that we have a legit second goalie. I really want Spezza and Neil though.

By Monday, we'll know ...

Posted by: coveredwithhisdust | February 26, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Caps will get spanked tonight. They never do well on back to back games. Most be conditioning.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Ughhhhh really Varly? We really needed him tonight, Neuvy looked awful last night.

I hope MP is gone.

Move Boyd Gordon please!

Sturm is a decent pickup, just doesn't make sense unless were gonna trade someone.

Posted by: digster1013 | February 26, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News: Kool-Aid Inc. has just hired George McPhee to be their latest spokesman due to the unprecedented levels of Kook-Aid he gets people to consume.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

kgain73,

According to Katie's twitter feed Sturm will be joing the team when they return from LI.

Posted by: norcalcapsfan | February 26, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

RE: Stastny

Even Gretzky got traded. Anything could happen. I would trade Eakin for Stastny in a heartbeat. Stastny is a proven NHLer. Eakin could be the next Pat Peake.

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 26, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

I did, multiple times with multiple entries. Only 1 thing ever came up about possibility trading Statsny before Peter's comments...and it was ESPN. So yeah...

I found this link though;
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/618073-nhl-trade-rumors-brad-richards-john-michael-liles-and-wednesdays-nhl-buzz/entry/49492-nhl-trade-rumors-what-will-the-colorado-avalanche-now-do-with-paul-stastny

Which sort of indicates that Peter's comments will have something to do with it, if Paul gets moved.

*shrug

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 26, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Players I tink need to go

-B Gordon
-Schultz
-Chimera
-Perrault
-Sloan
-Steckel
-Fehr
-Poti
-Knuble
-Maybe Laich

I think they should all be upgraded.

What happened witg A Gordon, does he still have potential? I thought he looked decent playing earlier this year.

Posted by: kgain73 | February 26, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Interesting Ford has a Johnny Cash mask and is making his NHL roster debut on Johnny Cash's birthday. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2011/01/todd_fords_johnny_cash_mask.html

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 26, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Good bit of news. The last drug test of the year is coming soon. That should be good news for The Capitals. Yes I am joking.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Thxs, Norcal.

Posted by: kgain73 | February 26, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Here is my list of layers I tink need to go

-Schultz
-Laich
-Chimera
-Perrault
-Sloan
-Fehr
-Poti

and send Alzner to AHL or echl, cause he sucks for past 3 weeks, when someone score on caps all I see Alzner is standing next to the goal scorer and playing out of position

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Caps will get spanked tonight. They never do well on back to back games. Most be conditioning.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I seem to remember shuting out the Pens and beating them 1-0 on the back end of back to back this week.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 26, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Uncle Ted may be the biggest koolaid drinker of them all.

I'd love to be a fly on the wall when McPhee is in his office deflecting and explaining away his failures year after year.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

and there 3.5 million reasons why Caps don't need Marco Sturm, he was good... 5 years ago.

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Would anyone here having rather made a try of Zherdev over Sturm (if they were the only two choices)? Just curious.

Posted by: kgain73 | February 26, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

and send Alzner to AHL or echl, cause he sucks for past 3 weeks, when someone score on caps all I see Alzner is standing next to the goal scorer and playing out of position

posted by: beforeitstoolate

Dude...put the bong down and slowly back away

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 26, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 26, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse


care to explain WHY?!?!

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

was slated to start and left the ice abrubtly...maybe Varly is the one being traded???

Posted by: klangley69 | February 26, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Ice

I know. I actually follow the team also. 6 wins and ten losses in the back to back series games. Not very impressive, Yes and one of them was an overtime loss. I consider an overtime loss a loss.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

is this a caps board or just a place retards come to bash gmgm, bb and ted? someone on here even posted they want us to lose tonight. wow

Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 26, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

To anyone trying to predict Caps score tonight...

How can you tell if Dr. Jekyll or Mister Hyde will show up?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 26, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

For those of you questioning Varly's injury, he is injured. I was at practiced (morning skate) yesterday. He doubled over in pain a few times. I suspect a groin injury.

Posted by: QuickDCM | February 26, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Strum is a pretty good pickup for cheap lower line depth. Still need to make a move for a centre.

Posted by: Stu_c | February 26, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Poti to LTIR and Semin is wondering what to pack!

Posted by: summitwalker | February 26, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I seem to remember shuting out the Pens and beating them 1-0 on the back end of back to back this week.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 26, 2011 4:32 PM

Yea, the Wilkes-Barre Penguins. And they absolutely outworked us for the majority of the game. Credit to the defense and goalie for holding the fort but we squeaked by the most undermanned team in the lead and gave up 40 shots and territorial advantage all game. We'll lose a lot more often than not playing that way, esp. against teams closer to full strength.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Like I said if you blow on Varly the groin muscle goes. There is no doubt that goalie has to be the most difficult position in any sport. That being said goalies with repeated groin issues never last that long. Breakdown of that area is a career ender of goalies. Some of it might be conditioning and some might be genetics.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

And that win against ANA was hardly textbook. A win is a win... sure, but the worst player in that game was their goalie. If Hiller was in, it wouldn't have been close. The first 6 min of that game were possibly our worst of the season. Like the Rangers did to us last night, the Ducks thoroughly established their forecheck to start out the game. We were on our heels in the most extreme of ways until after they drew a penalty and score on the PP. Very lucky win and an awful performance by both teams. The NHL on the Fly guys were laughing about the game it was so horrendous. Again, we won but it wasn't a sign of us playing good hockey that would carry over to future games.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

im pretty intrigued by these 3 players people dont like playing with...

my guess:
MP - doesnt play defense, cant forecheck in the corners, but seems likable enough

Matt Bradley - i dunno, just isnt all that
good, but clearly a great guy (also, i guve him clutch for scoring two goals against the rangers two years ago in one game)

Jason Chimera - obviously likeable, but often looks like he has no idea what he's doing out there...

i wouldnt say Semin, just cause i cant imagine people like him a ton off of the ice...maybe Laich in that he doesnt play either wing or center well, and isnt the best guy to have in front of the net...just sort of a jack of all trades and master of none...

Also, now that MP is gone...im fine with:
ov-back-knuble
semin-majo-laich
chimera-gordon-fehr
hendricks-steckel-bradley

and then just throw in Sturm whenever fehr gets hurt or if fehr cant come back or if MaJo needs a breather or whatever...
It's a better combination of forwards than people will immediately give it credit...(and i think we were rolling with a similar setup early in the year)


Posted by: cotelloer | February 26, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

capsfansince74,

Thanks so much for calling people retards, that is so mature of you! And yes, at this point there are many who are bashing BB and rightly so, he has lost the team obviously and has admitted he has no clue how to fix things. As a GM or owner of a professional sports team I would only have to hear that come out of my professsional coaches mouth once before I decided it was time for a change so the bashing of GMGM and Ted are also valid IMO.

And can we try to refrain from the name calling in the future please?

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Lombardi on now LA-COL intermission...needed a roster spot just in case for tomorrow...so waived Sturm.

"Not a lot of pure sellers..."

Not moving Schenn unless overwhelmed.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 26, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

How can you tell if Dr. Jekyll or Mister Hyde will show up?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 26, 2011 4:45 PM

Well said... it's nearly impossible to predict individual games in this sport. What you can better predict is longer term results based on the strengths and weaknesses of a roster, as well as a coaching staff and GM.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

is this a caps board or just a place retards come to bash gmgm, bb and ted? someone on here even posted they want us to lose tonight. wow

Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 26, 2011 4:44 PM

Which is why I don't take too much of what is said on here too seriously. Many people just criticize without good ideas (cstanton, how about playing GM and tell us who you would trade for whom. Make sure you have had real conversations with other GMs to make sure the deals will go through).

Instead of fighting and bashing, it is better for more constructive thoughts and ideas. It turns into a complaints department more than a blog.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 26, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Chew on this,

Why isn't Laich wearing an A on his jersey but Chimera is? Last guy to run pregame warm-ups prior to 21 was 92.

Interesting that 85 has been assigned to Hershey but won't play this weekend and that Varly is reporting hurt this evening.

Reminds me when the Caps cleared house many years ago. Players on the verge of being traded were being scratched from games.

Coincidence??? Time will tell.

Posted by: puckman | February 26, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody know of any Capitals rumors since the sturm pickup? I can't seem to find anything.

Secondly, I find it interesting that we picked up a winger (sturm) and sent MP to Hershey and he is said not to play either Saturday or Sunday for them...interesting

Let me know if any of you find this a little strange?

Last point-I thought Ovi and Hannon were the only two players on the Caps that stood out last night. With Green out of the lineup, Hannon has really stepped up his game recently. Again, this is all just my opinion.

Again, I don't have Insider, anyone here anything else about the Caps?

Posted by: Wagnerchristopher | February 26, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, it is open message board, so people can call each other anything they want to. Like I called couple people retarted because they though that we beat ahl pens then we are back, but last night showed us the real caps of BB.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

you are getting the captain obvious award for today, February 26,2011 :) I hope everyone understands what you wrote, but may be not

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

MP was done, we kept pairing him with semin and Laich and hoping to up his point totals and trick a team into trading for him, but we never seriously considered keeping him on the roster if we could help it

i suspect it's Boyd gordons job to lose now...or Hendricks...but, yknow, an actual NHLer

Posted by: cotelloer | February 26, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Stop trying to police the boards, you tools. Open forum... free speech.

If you see something that is against the rules, shut your piehole and report it.

On that note, the policing may need to improve around here. I'm amazed that I haven't been bannet yet... hahaha...

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

btw, What did Ovie do last night that everyone saying that he stood out? Doing exactly the same shots as all season long without any success. Henrik Lundqvist was having fun last night and Ovie was entertaining him with same old stuff that every goalie knows by now that Ovie will do. Semin was trying to run around, did couple moves, and thats about all I saw yesterday

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

From Underpants2
Semin, Eakin, 1st for Stasny

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@underpants2

Are you obsessed with Stasny or something. I know we need a 2nd line center but the reason we need a second line center is to feed Semin the puck and have that one-two punch on our top two lines (just like Federov).

If we traded Semin for Stasny, then we would then need a wing to play with stasny...it would be a never-ending story.

I don't think Stasny is worth Semin straight up let alone you want to give them a 1st and Eakin...

This is all just my opinion.

I know Pokerface agrees with me. I am still baffled that the Pens got Kovolev for a 7th round pick...I know he is old but I think Ovi, semin, and varly would have looked up to him just like Feds

Any thoughts?

Posted by: Wagnerchristopher | February 26, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Beforeitstoolate-

Because Alzner is probably our 3rd best defender? That he, at 22, is better than most defenseman out there? How about his plus 10 the last month in games where the caps are rarely scoring more than 2 goals?

Sending Alzner to the AHL would be a gigantic step backwards.


On Sturm - I don't think this is a huge deal? They get some scoring in case Fehrs injury is worse than (it already) seems. He doesn't take much in the cap hit or real dollars amount...so why not?

Personally I hope MP and some sort of marvelous package is headed to St Louis for Mcdonald. I (believe) his contract is up - and hes a former 80 point guy with 2 finals appearances, and 1 Cup.

Posted by: BACKS | February 26, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao,

The name calling is beyond ridiculous and needs to stop. I am one of the biggest dark siders on here and have gone over the line before but attempt to discuss things in an adult manner. If you prefer to act like a child and name call be my guest but I will continue to call people out for it.

All that being said, can I please have a pre trade deadline present and hear that BB has been canned??!!

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

8 was moving his feet and finishing checks to a different degree than for much of the season. He had some of his old swagger and confidence back and was making great plays with the puck.

He has been noticably better for the best 4 games or so. As much as I bash 8, he has been one of the bright spots in recent.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Instead of fighting and bashing, it is better for more constructive thoughts and ideas. It turns into a complaints department more than a blog.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 26, 2011 4:57 PM

Actually there are a great many constructive ideas here. Like when many of us last summer said we needed a #2C and that Perreault was not NHL ready.

Honestly, the way the Caps have played since late Nov, and last night in particular, how can you not expect "complaints?"

Even Mike Vogel is expressing sarcasm and he's the teams blog PR man!

Any hockey fan in the world who paid to watch the Caps last night would be 100% right in complaining. It's no different than if you paid to go to the movies and the acting stunk. Surely you don't walk out at the end and say, "That's OK. At they tried. Some."

No, stinks is stinks.

You knoww hat they say: If it looks like a turd, feels like a turd and smells like a turd - don't eat it!

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 26, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

PhilR

Actually, it doesn't have to stop and it won't stop. Accept what you can not control.

I agree that I need to cut it out though. I only started going at other posters over the last week or so. Before that, I was strictly bashing players, coaches and the GM.

I had enough of others doing the name-calling so I joined in. I'll try to get away from it.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

And for everyone saying BB must go...I 100% agree with you BUT

We should have done that at the all-star break...we are not going to get rid of our coach two weeks before the playoffs so please stop...

Posted by: Wagnerchristopher | February 26, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BACKS | February 26, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

huh?? Alzner got +3 against Ducks, that was the lamest game of the season. SJ -2; in past 3 games against Rangers he is -5! And too bad there is no statistic of how many goals opposite team scored on PP when Alzner was on ice. If you truly believe that he is our 3rd best defender when we are in big trouble. Alzner was good when he was captain of Junior Canada, after that nothing especiall. I am not going even to start talking about his puck moving skills, because there are none

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Internet forums create an environment worse than that in the Caps' locker room... heh.

It's true though. It's hard enough to control people in real life let alone when they can hide behind a computer screen... yea, I'm guilty of that, too.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I suspect BG is a good guy. I just can't imagine trying to play NHL hockey with a bad back.

Posted by: zmega | February 26, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

i suspect it's Boyd gordons job to lose now...yknow, an actual NHLer

Posted by: cotelloer | February 26, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Too funny!

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 26, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao,

You fell into the kool-aiders trap by joining in on the name calling. I always found it funny that the "dark siders" were the terrible people on this blog when almost all of our comments concentrate on specific players, the coach and GMGM. The first thing the kool-aiders do is call the dark siders names like retard, always found it rather ironic when we are supposedly the "bad seeds" on this blog.

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

me thinks Caps will claim Belak off waiver since he can serve as an extra D and also 4th line winger sending Sloan packing.

Posted by: StanleyCap | February 26, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Tom, I am not saying that everyone does not have ideas, just those that are the most viscious and vague in their complaints.

But, I go to other blogs that talk hockey and there is no where near the venom. It is mostly constructive ideas without the bashing of bloggers, coaches and GMs.

They have been playing horribly and I am just as po'd as everyone else, but I prefer constructive discussions which makes it hard for me to read on here. Many people know I have been around this blog for 3-4 years, but it is difficult for me to keep reading the venom. It just makes me more angry and defensive towards the team.

I want to be educated about the team, not about different ways to put down the team I have loved since 1975.

For this reason, I may read the updates from Katie, but not the blog entries by the "fans". I can get more from other sites without the stress.

Over and out. Let's go Caps!

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 26, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Beforeitstoolate-

Because Alzner is probably our 3rd best defender? That he, at 22, is better than most defenseman out there? How about his plus 10 the last month in games where the caps are rarely scoring more than 2 goals?

Sending Alzner to the AHL would be a gigantic step backwards.


On Sturm - I don't think this is a huge deal? They get some scoring in case Fehrs injury is worse than (it already) seems. He doesn't take much in the cap hit or real dollars amount...so why not?

Personally I hope MP and some sort of marvelous package is headed to St Louis for Mcdonald. I (believe) his contract is up - and hes a former 80 point guy with 2 finals appearances, and 1 Cup.

Posted by: BACKS

Yeah, beforeitstoolate

What BACKS just said. Alzner has been one of our best defenders this year, right behind Hannon. He and Carlson have been our best pair of D's. They are young and make mistakes, but that is part of the growing process.

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 26, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao,

You fell into the kool-aiders trap by joining in on the name calling. I always found it funny that the "dark siders" were the terrible people on this blog when almost all of our comments concentrate on specific players, the coach and GMGM. The first thing the kool-aiders do is call the dark siders names like retard, always found it rather ironic when we are supposedly the "bad seeds" on this blog.

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 5:20 PM

You are correct, sir. I'll try to get back to my old ways of just ragging on players, coaches and most of all, our darling GM!

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Any real hockey market media outlet would have crucified this GM years ago.

For years, no "journalist" has had the courage to do it in DC.

Pomp-ass Mikhail is worse than cancer, at least with cancer there's an ending.

Posted by: Cheef | February 26, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I just hope people would support their opinions with facts, for example: "David Steckel sucks", then please give reasoning to that. I don't see why trade Steckel if according to nhl.com player states David is #1 in league faceoff wins
W L T FO%
417 238 655 63.7

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank God McPhee doesn't read this blog. He'd go stark raving mad!

Trade, don't trade, get a star for nothing, don't rent a star, etc. Everyone has the answer but McPhee, the man who brought you Ovechkin, Carlson, Mike Green, et. What a crock!

So we got Marco Sturm for NOTHING! Until this year's injuries, he was a regular 20-goal a year guy. Given our scoring this year, any of you going to turn down a decent scorer when you don't have to give up anything in return.

Let's see what happens between now and 3 p.m. Monday.

As to BB, all he has done is completely revamp the team from a run-and-gun bunch that wins President's Cups but loses in the playoffs every year (and which would you have?) No they are far from consistent, but when they are on their game, they can play playoff-style hockey with anyone. Ask the Penguins.

p.s. Attention please. Will the person who said Laich and Steckel deserve to be traded please pick up your seeing-eye dog at the front entrance.

Posted by: StevefromSacto | February 26, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

beforeitstoolate,

I think you are way off base on the Alzner thing as he has really improved this year and I would put him at number 4 on the teams depth chart currently.

Carlson, Green, Hannon and Alzner are the top dmen on this team. Would love to see Schultz get shipped out of here but don't think it will happen.

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Lol it's all the PC fans we have in DC...NO NAME CALLING!!! You might hurt someones feelings....

You guys really think the isles will come out fighting tonight after getting a 100k fine from the league? I don't think that will happen tonight as much as I would enjoy seeing a bench clearing brawl. If the caps don't show up to play, atleast make the game entertaining...

Go Caps Go!

Posted by: sk8ersublime | February 26, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

CTCapsPhan

Don't mean to sound like an ass in this case but it's pretty simple:

If you can't take the heat...

This is the internet, bro. Your pleading and complaining hopes for change and a utopian internet are all for nought.

Accept what you can not control. I suggest not wasting your time complaining about it. Nothing will change.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Katie, please take this blog down. It is embarrassing to read the comments. Week after week you have the same five heads bobbing up and down ruining any chance of a legitimate hockey conversation.

Two are self proclaimed experts who smugly comment on everyone and everything from the workings of the front office to the atmosphere in the locker room...as if they were actually there. One of them thinks playing DJ King, a slow skating brute with no skills, is the answer to the team's problems.Thank god he was waived so we don't have to hear that anymore.

Then there is another guy who has all of the inside sources but of course can't reveal who they are or what they say. If you had inside sources why would you even write the drivel you post on here continuously. Of course when something actually comes through he will take credit as being the one who knew all along.

And then there are two others who actually beg the above three to share more info with them. Are you guys kidding?

It reminds me of a movie I recently saw On Demand called "Dinner for Schmucks" which you five ought to see. You know who you are.

At the end of the day, the deals will get done and the Caps will go deeper into the playoffs than last year because they are a better team. After all is said and done were sitting in 5th place in the conference a spot many of the so called great coaches and GM's would die for.

Posted by: bondtrader | February 26, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

glad to see DJK get a chance with us.

hope st. louis claims him off waivers and SDR, King, and Cam run us all night long.

I wouldn't let GMGM run my EA Sports Caps Hockey team on my Playstation.

Posted by: StanleyCap | February 26, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

They are young and make mistakes, but that is part of the growing process.

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 26, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

WE ARE NOT REBUILDING anymore! 3-4 years ago that would totally fine. Caps had great excuse," we got young teams, part of the growing process and bla bla bla." Caps played 82 games and went golfing on 2nd week of April, but today is 2011 and we can't afford to have players that make SO many mistakes as Alzner.

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 26, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

They are young and make mistakes, but that is part of the growing process.

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 26, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

WE ARE NOT REBUILDING anymore! 3-4 years ago that would be totally fine and acceptalbe. Caps had great excuse," we got young team, part of the growing process and bla bla bla." 4-5 years ago, Caps played 82 games and went golfing on 2nd week of April, but today is 2011 and we can't afford to have players that make SO many mistakes as Alzner.

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 26, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

sorry for double post, WP is slow today

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I just hope people would support their opinions with facts, for example: "David Steckel sucks", then please give reasoning to that.

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:25 PM

I suggest reading more of people's posts then. I've gone into paragraphs upon paragraphs of detailed reasons as to why I think Steckel sucks despite his faceoff ability.

And I know many others support their opinions on him and other topics as well. You just aren't seeing those posts for whatever reason.

I have no desire to tear into Steckel yet again right now but I surely will again in the future.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

just hope people would support their opinions with facts, for example: "David Steckel sucks", then please give reasoning to that.

turn on the tv and watch a Caps game.

Posted by: StanleyCap | February 26, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

When Steckel was on a line with Beagle and Hendricks he looked fine because they were quick enough and have the defensive ability to cover up the absolute snail-like slowness of Steckel. Whe Steckel is placed with Brads/BGordon that slowness is exposed in a glaring manner.

There is more to being a 3rd/4th line center than being talented at the face off dot.

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

p.s. Attention please. Will the person who said Laich and Steckel deserve to be traded please pick up your seeing-eye dog at the front entrance.

Posted by: StevefromSacto | February 26, 2011 5:26 PM

PhilR: There you have it. Another Kool-Aider comes on with a first post and calls someone blind.

CTCapsPhan: I think the problem is that everyone thinks they are the smartest person and should be King of the World. Did you ever watch them argue politics on TV? Obviously not everybody can be right, but hardly anyone agrues from a perspective that, "I think I'm right, but I don't know everything, so I could be wrong."

Because of my training from work, I am constantly checking facts. No matter how much data I have, someone else just might have more. So I refrain from saying "never" and "always" and other absolutes.

I don't care about open forum and free speech; calling names is rude. Treat others as you wish to be treated.

I understand your frustration, but I compare this to other blogs I read and I think all in all we have a pretty good thing here. I won't single people out, but there are smart people here who know way more than I do about hockey. You look at the overall blog sentiment since last April, and the bottom line is the people here have McPhee beat on decisions like 80% to 20%. Had McPhee done what people here said to do instead of what he did, the team would be better off. Honestly. His only good move that no one here suggested was drafting Kuznetsov.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 26, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bondtrader | February 26, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Up until you wrote:
"At the end of the day, the deals will get done and the Caps will go deeper into the playoffs than last year because they are a better team. After all is said and done were sitting in 5th place in the conference a spot many of the so called great coaches and GM's would die for."
I was gonna say Bravo, sir! but whats happened in last paragraph? You sound like a guy who didn't watch the Craps hockey for past 3 years,when team lost 3 times in a row in game 7 play-offs. The only way we are sitting in 5th place and 12 points from the 1st, is because we had great two months, when Semin was scoring hat-trickts almost every week. Thats when we were 1 team in NHL for a week, but now it doesnt work anymore. #8 cares more about his clothing line, advertisement deals with Reebok and Gillette, but not hockey.

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't mean to sound like an ass in this case but it's pretty simple:

If you can't take the heat...

This is the internet, bro. Your pleading and complaining hopes for change and a utopian internet are all for nought.

Accept what you can not control. I suggest not wasting your time complaining about it. Nothing will change.

Posted by: tmac2yao

This is why I am going to other blogs where it is not like it is here. Yes, there are other places where people are civilized.

See ya!

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 26, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I just don't see all the mistakes Alzner makes every night? I watch every game and I can see legitimally I don't understand where he is constantly messing up? He's excellent positionally, and is probably the best on the club at clearing the zone? He's got the best +/- on the team behind Backs, Ovi, and his linemate. Carlson and Alzner have excellent chemistry and are extremely steady playing the teams top lines. He'shad 5 minus games in the last 24? Playing against the best lines? He's been a +7 since the new year. +/- is a funny statistic, as Schultz's miracle proved - but on a team that can't luck themselves into goals these days...i think he's been great. I'm not being confrontational or anything, just providing a POV.

I will say that his pairing definitely was responsible for the 1st period yesterday.

Posted by: BACKS | February 26, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

McPhee, the man who brought you Ovechkin, Carlson, Mike Green, et. What a crock!


Let's see what happens between now and 3 p.m. Monday.

Posted by: StevefromSacto | February 26, 2011 5:26 PM

I could tear into each and every point you made in that post. I disagree 100% with every last point you made. It's incredible.

Without further ado,

McPhee had more 1st rd picks than any other GM in hockey over a 10-year span. If he didn't produce at least a few core players, he wouldn't just be the bad GM that he is, he'd be the worst in sports management history. And he didn't accumulate all those picks through savvy and shrewdness. He tanked. Easy.

He also produced the worst results in the league in the 2nd rd and beyond over that same 10-year timeframe.

And the biggest issue is that he fails to adequately build around the core. That is the crux of why this team will go nowhere with him. He's done the easy part of the rebuild and he really didn't do all that well at the easy part, everything considered.


On your second point, it doesn't matter what happens between now and Mon 3pm. He won't come close to addressing our needs to make us legit this season. When he failed to take the right actions this past offseason after the 3rd straight home ice collapse to end a season, we stepped back even further. The young players are nice but his moves reflected what a rebuilding team does - getting younger at core positions, not addressing core needs - not what a regressing and supposingly contending team does that was mentally in bad shape and badly needed a shake up.

I still can't believe I disagree with every last point in your post. It rarely happens that somebody lists that many things and I squarely disagree with every last point. No exaggeration. I just don't feel like responding to each invidividual point. I barely responed to the ones I picked out.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

The problem is The Capitals are the most over hyped team in the history of The NHL and the players bought into that too much. So did BB. For a team that has never won anything they certainly got a lot of press. My opinion is that need a CUP to be this hyped up. We should be happy if they make the playoffs. If they do they will be a 7th or 8th seeds. Unfortunately the marketing and PR machine of Ted was in full force. I do not fault Ted as he is a great business man but way too many of us believed in the hype. Now we are hungover and in back to earth. The team just is not that good and poorly coached. Other teams have gotten better and have coaches who really study their opponents. BB I have a feeling is a lazy man. He looks lazy to me.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

It reminds me of a movie I recently saw On Demand called "Dinner for Schmucks" which you five ought to see. You know who you are.

Posted by: bondtrader | February 26, 2011 5:27 PM

PhilR: Here's another one. Comes on to complain about people saying they know it all and then goes right into the name calling.

bondtrader: Go trade some bonds. Quick. Before they become worthless.

My free suggestion to you: JNPR.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 26, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: StanleyCap | February 26, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I do, every away game with 65 inches LCD tv in HD, and section 107 at VC. Tmac2yao, I am gonna try searching for the posts you mentioned, but most of the time is just some crazy ideas and nothing else, no support of evidence. Steckel is 4th liner, he loves being one, just a guy who wins all important face-offs.

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

FTR, I've never entered a post suggesting a trade or coach being fired, It's futile.

I know with 100% certainty that this GM SUCKS. There's no player transaction or coaching change (remaining) that will do anything positive.

George "the defense is complete" McPhail needed to be fire in 2002 !!

Posted by: Cheef | February 26, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

This is why I am going to other blogs where it is not like it is here. Yes, there are other places where people are civilized.

See ya!

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 26, 2011 5:40 PM

Sounds good. I actually prefer the chaos and lack of civility. It's part of what I love about hockey.

Hope things work out for you there. Not my cup of tea.

You sound like the perfect type of fan for this team though. Like the players, you are too polite and intimidated by mean and nasty people... hah. The last part was a joke. Just had to do it. Caps fans are soft though. The culture that McPhee has created has spilled into the stands.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Backs, come on! I have a feeling like I am talking to the wall! Look at his statistic.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8473991&view=log&season=20102011

except Vancouver and whe we killed Tampa, his pluses against non play-off teams, but all other are minuses

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

WE ARE NOT REBUILDING anymore! 3-4 years ago that would be totally fine and acceptalbe. Caps had great excuse," we got young team, part of the growing process and bla bla bla." 4-5 years ago, Caps played 82 games and went golfing on 2nd week of April, but today is 2011 and we can't afford to have players that make SO many mistakes as Alzner.

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 26, 2011 5:29 PM

having a young player learn as they play and learn from mistakes does not mean the team is rebuilding. Perhaps you should look up the meaning of that term to understand its true meaning. 5th place teams 5 points out of the division lead with 20+ games to go are not in a "rebuild".

Developing players takes patience and time. I for one would rather be worse this year to let the young players who are called up grow and gain experience so we can be better for years to come.

I understand everyone has an opinion and is entitled to share it. But seriously, you show your lack of hockey acumen with statements like that. The stats say Alzner is playing well. The games we have won with him here he has played well. He has played well in some losses. You argument has no basis. Prove me wrong.

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 26, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I know with 100% certainty that this GM SUCKS. There's no player transaction or coaching change (remaining) that will do anything positive.

George "the defense is complete" McPhail needed to be fire in 2002 !!

Posted by: Cheef | February 26, 2011 5:43 PM

Spot on.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

There is more to being a 3rd/4th line center than being talented at the face off dot.

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 5:38 PM |

It seems so obvious yet the concept eludes the majority of people around here.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 26, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

do, every away game with 65 inches LCD tv in HD, and section 107 at VC. Tmac2yao, I am gonna try searching for the posts you mentioned, but most of the time is just some crazy ideas and nothing else, no support of evidence. Steckel is 4th liner, he loves being one, just a guy who wins all important face-offs.

65" tv, ok, you got me beat there. lol.

i just want him playing up to his size and i don't see how you can dress Gordon and Steckel in the same game.

Posted by: StanleyCap | February 26, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

For those interested in the Hershey lineup tonight:

Dmitri Orlov is in tonight, making his North American debut. He'll wear number 27.

Willsie moves back to center tonight in the absence of Beagle, Pinizzotto back on number one line with Aucoin and Kane.
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This is from John Walton via Twitter.

Posted by: wocoliz | February 26, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

tmac: You just typed the same thing (History of McPhee's Failures Part 1) you typed just the other day and last week too. Maybe Katie will let us put up some canned answers like FAQs and when new people give the same opinion that has been refuted a million times, you can just put a link to the FAQ.

Either that or market a "What's Wrong With McPhee" doll where you pull the string and it gives the pre-recorded answers.

"Can't draft for grit! Can't draft for grit!"

Thirteen drafts for McPhee. Here's guys 2nd round and later who played more than 10 games FOR CAPS:

Yonkman, Pettinger, Lepisto (no, he was like 7), Bourque, Perreault, Neuvirth, AGordon (i think he is at 10 even).

Not a lot to show for the bottom 6 rounds times 13 years.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 26, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Waive Gordo and bring up Pinner.

Posted by: StanleyCap | February 26, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

tominsocal,

You failed to mention that Bourque and Perrault would most likely never have gotten a shot in another NHL lineup other than Bourque having a chance with a Pens team that was HORRIBLE at the forward position and he still couldn't cut the mustard. After the 1st round GMGM has been mediocore at best.

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

New thread

Posted by: PhilR | February 26, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Folks confuse me. if you do not like what is on this board or Japers do not read the posts. It is like me not watching all the cable news outlets these days. Sick of the opinion on Fox, MSNBC and CNN. So I therefore do not watch it anymore. It bothers me. This is hockey and is fun and most people are being smart allecks on here but it is for entertainment. Not a one of us on here is as knowledgable as GMGM however everyone on here knew that GMGM needed a 2nd line center before the season started and everyone knew that a little more grit was needed. We all knew the weakness of the team Results do matter and the results are not great and getting worse because George liked the coaching and the team as they were. Most on here called for Bruce's ouster. most on here thought we needed a tough guy D and 2nd line center. Most thought we need improvement on the third and fourth lines. Although lets be honest the 3 and 4 line guys are not most of the problem. It is the lousy play of the 1st line and 2nd line.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao, I truly apologize for daring to voice a differing opinion. After all, I've only been following the Caps since 1974, so what do I know?

I am also truly sorry you've already abandoned ship. After all, we are in fifth place, a whopping five points out of the division lead. So nothing we do between now and Monday will help save us?

As to McPhee, there are more than a dozen asinine blogs above that say McPhee is the "worst" GM in hockey. That's what I was responding to.

Posted by: StevefromSacto | February 26, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Hendricks was a good move by Mcphee but i bet that had something to do with BB. Also I do think hannan has helped. I still think GM is a good manager other than keeping BB.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see a trade involving Ginger, Mary Ann, and Gilligan for Chaka, Johnny Quest and Captain 20.

Posted by: phknlwyr | February 26, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

@ bondtrader

"Then there is another guy who has all of the inside sources but of course can't reveal who they are or what they say. If you had inside sources why would you even write the drivel you post on here continuously. Of course when something actually comes through he will take credit as being the one who knew all along."

I'm sorry but this is really funny. pokerface1208 is an attention-seeking hack. He has provided nothing of any substance. Please tell us about one trade you "know" about. Wait, wait, we are looking for 2C? Another dman? Oh really? Anything else? What are your inside sources telling you tonight? We are all curious. Make something up :o) Please, entertain us.

Posted by: 1800DrWong | February 26, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Isn't interesting that all of us love the team and the game of hockey yet folks on here rag on each other. Debating and disagreements are what make these boards interesting not the personal stuff.

Posted by: pkme | February 26, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

The injuries to Holtby and Sabourin means Neuvirth's backup tonight will be Todd Ford, who signed an NHL contract with the Capitals on Friday worth $500,000 according to Capgeek. The paperwork required for Ford to do so has not been finalized by the league yet, according to a team spokesman.
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Wasted season.............

And the GM and BB are to blame.

The GM is to blame because he should have fired BB after the playoffs last year. Now look, we are scrambling to sign a goalie and we had to pick up off waivers a 32 year old left winger from LA with two bad knees.

I've never seen a team fall this far this fast.

The players do not have confidence in the Coach and probably not the GM now.

We should have gotten rid of M. Green, Varly and Semin when we had the chance and their stock was still valuable. Now.....the CAPS are the laughing stock of the the NHL because of "mismanagement".

Posted by: bushido11 | February 26, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I think that our playoff chances dramatically decrease if Varlamov is not healthy and in net for us come playoffs...

Posted by: richmondphil2


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What's less than zero?

Posted by: noslok | February 27, 2011 2:50 AM | Report abuse

I want to be educated about the team, not about different ways to put down the team I have loved since 1975.

For this reason, I may read the updates from Katie, but not the blog entries by the "fans". I can get more from other sites without the stress.

Over and out. Let's go Caps!

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 26, 2011 5:22 PM

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The players do not have confidence in the Coach and probably not the GM now.

We should have gotten rid of M. Green, Varly and Semin when we had the chance and their stock was still valuable. Now.....the CAPS are the laughing stock of the the NHL because of "mismanagement".

Posted by: bushido11 | February 26, 2011
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I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to ;

1.Cstaton
2 tominsocal1
3.Vermontcaps
4.PhilR
5.IceHammer

I have been a loyal Capitals fan since the purchase of my first hot dog & soda @ the CapsCenter back in 1976. I have had my HEART ripe out and crush by a sledge hammer 4 times by this club. Since the lock out doors have been unluck and up to this point I honestly beleive we had made enough improvements to be the team who was the leadin storey on NHL net night in and night out . As a retired high school football coach I have a feel for talent and player positions . (I'm no expert either so please don't write a retard responce back to me)

I will say this George McPhee has made this team into a first rate clown act .We have players who just simply do not belong in the NHL . We have players who for some reason or another play NHL when they feel like it .And we have players that are just down to earth terrible . On the other hand we do have players that give 110% every night . These players need to be paired with players that want to play at their level every night . Its George McPhee job to find these types of players , he has not done that ! And its also his job to have a head coach who can find ways to get these players to player beyond their level . I will give Mcphee a grade of F . This grade has come about since last seasons end. Nothing has been done to correct the issues that hold this team back . Our team is not a good team any more. Our locker room needs to be cleaned up . We need to make the right moves to get this part of the job done . This has not happened. George Mcphee needs to be replaced. His replacement needs to bring in their guys to get the job done .

Posted by: doggydodo | February 27, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, dodo, I've lived through the same Caps as history as you have, plus 8-67-5 in 1974 (you Whiners should try that record on for size before b--ching about the current Caps.)

"George McPhee has made this team into a first rate clown act."
And how is that, pray tell? Other than Thomas Fleishcmann, isn't this roughly the same team we had last year? Except, of course, we added one of the best young defensemen in hockey in John Carlson plus a decent veteran D-man in Scott Hannan. So how has he, in less than a year, turned the team into a "clown act"?

If the Caps don't advance beyond the first round of the playoffs this time, I will eat my words. But unlike the Whiners, I'm not about to give up on them just yet.

Posted by: StevefromSacto | February 27, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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